How To Save Time, Space & Pack Like A Pro (Pt1)
There’s no escaping the fact that travelers fall into two camps – the good and the bad packers.
Ever since my first trip overseas, I’ve been waiting for some luggage company to include a packing manual, that comes with every one of their new suitcases. So far it hasn’t happened, so if you’re in need of some tips on how to be a great packer, I’ve got the goodies for you.
MINIMALIST TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Start with your clothes and select neutral basics (that you can wear more than once) to keep your carry-on light enough to mean you can ride on public transport to the airport and have room for souvenirs.
Layout the clothes you want to take with you, then break them out into must-haves, not the nice-to-haves. You’ll be surprised how fast your pile of clothes thins out.
Next pull out your staples – jeans, blazer, t-shirt, white shirt, along with your bulkiest outfit, which you will be wearing on the plane. Pull additional separates – packing extra tops (long-sleeve/short-sleeve) will give you more options.
PRO-TIP – aka Superhero top – Don’t leave home without you know that top that goes with everything. I love the Hanes Women’s Long Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt. It washes like a dream, fits well and is available in 5 colors.
If you think you can’t make it without bringing along some extra trousers, go for chinos or leggings, both of which will be less bulky in your case, then pull out your chosen outfits to go with your chosen activities.
ALL HAIL THE JUMPSUIT
This versatile must-have is one of those travel wardrobe heroes you should never leave home without. I loved Daily Ritual’s Stretch Cotton Jumpsuit, because it’s comfortable and versatile.
PRO-TIP If you really want to travel light, you have to keep it real with your shoes, they are space grabbers, so be brutal – take one pair to walk around in and one dressy pair.
FOLD OR ROLL
Do you fold or roll ? A very large gold star to all of you who said roll. In case you are still wondering, WHY ROLL?. To save space in your carry-on or weekend bag and keep your clothes wrinkle-free of course.
THE GAMECHANGER – PACKING CUBES
This travel unicorn really will transform your travel life and my favorite travel unicorn packing cubes are –Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes
Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes Set, comes in three sizes, to keep you organized during your travels and make it much easier and faster for you to pack – especially useful if your trip is a long one. You’ll be amazed at how by using packing cubes, you will be able to keep your clothes organized and folded, when moving stuff in and out of your suitcases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some dryer sheets have been shown to repel insects. Bounce dryer sheets to keep mosquitoes and fungus gnats away.
IRON OUT YOUR WRINKLES
Have you ever approached the reception desk of your hotel or hostel, asked for the iron and then been handed a worn-looking iron that didn’t do the job? Cut out the reception dash in your dressing gown and bring your own with you when you travel.
Luckily for all of you, I have the perfect lightweight travel iron for you – the Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage,
This nifty pint-size wrinkle warrior is lightweight, heats up quickly, is comfortable to use and comes complete with a little jug to fill it up with water.
PRO TIP – don’t leave home without Bounce Dryer Sheets. Not only will these keep your clothes smelling great in your case/packing cubes. They pick up pet hair. You can use them to wipe soap scum from your shower door, a must if you’re a clean freak like me.
One thing I never leave out of my travel wardrobe is my jeans. You can dress them up or down and they are great to travel in. If you don’t believe me, travel without them for a week’s trip anywhere in the world and you’ll find yourself wishing you’d brought them with you.
WARM WEATHER CLOTHES CONUNDRUM
When you flit between climates you will find you that you need warmer clothes, but warmer clothes are of course heavier and take up precious space in your carry-on. If you’re not already familiar with the cult of layering – ladies and gentlemen it’s time to get onboard.
Aside from your winter coat or jacket with clever layering, mix and match your clothing options like long-sleeved Ts, a hat, a large scarf (double purpose – wrap and pillow) and light sweaters, you can stay as snug as a bug, without having to bring along another case.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to lose out on laundry day Bring along a travel-size bottle of detergent or washing powder, so you have it handy to wash out underwear and other quick-drying items of clothing.
RETURN TO SENDER
There are sometimes during the course of a long trip when you realize that you really have brought way too many clothes with you.
Depending on where you are in the world and the cost – send what you don’t need back home. Whatever the cost is, it is nearly always worth it in terms of having less luggage to carry abound and will save you from those pesky excess weight baggage charges.
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